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I thought I would do a blog about hair growing basics. By trial and error I have found a lot out about the best and worst things I can do for my own hair. And hopefully some of this information will be helpful to others. So this is a haircare tips blog specifically relating to colouring and growing your hair.

I will punctuate it with some photos. I’ve wandered thru the flat trying to find good lighting to get a photo of my freshly hennaed hair…it’s not easy! Of a dozen locations I think only two give any idea of my hair colour…with moodlights and fairylights everywhere it’s easy to get cool selfies in here…not easy to get ones of hair colour though. Also, henna really looks different in different light. In artificial light it can look bright red, in candlelight almost black – and in daylight somewhere in the middle. (Though being a nocturnal hermit type, no one sees it very much in daylight!)

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Will post up some through this blog though so you get an idea can see how well conditioned my henna mix leaves my hair…and how it looks if left to dry naturally. Kind of wavy. V hippie, boho, preraphaelite – just how I like it!

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In my henna mix…150g henna (my hair is v thick. Most people would only need to use 100g tops for hair my length). Two table spoons of sun in (the peroxide makes the henna stain v deep – I don’t use it every time but found lemon juice, which is used for the same, dried my hair badly but the tiny amount of peroxide in sun in didn’t. I would not recommend it to everyone but it works for me!). Two tablespoons of coconut oil. This moisturises and conditions and also makes it much easier to rinse the henna.
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Henna is a powder and the mix is like making runny mud and covering your head in it. Then in plastic. Then a towel. Then leave it for 6 hours before washing it out. The henna makes your head v heavy so I tend to apply it to sections and wind them around each other at the front of my head (like my marie antoinette up do for curls in another blog; picture below shows the effect immediately after untwisting the antoinette up do – it settles down into waves and curls…v big hair!).
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Some people complain that henna is so permanent. But that’s a good thing for me!

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Some get purple or blueish tones if they over henna…I think mine is less prone to that because of the sun in used in my mix and also there a big sections of white hair now…the front right of my hair is totally white and you can see it is much more orange than the rest after henna! So over time mine is liable to become more yellowy red/orange and less bluey red because there will be more white.

It does mean I have to my roots regularly though…white roots with red hair makes it look like your hair fell out if you leave them! White or grey hair is a “cold” colour and contrasts with red very noticeably. Some people say their grey hair doesn’t take dye or henna at all. To them, I would recommend testing different acidic additions in their mix – wine, lemon juice etc – because that may help. If you’re not anti peroxide, you could also try my sun in mix but do be careful…some people’s hair reacts badly to peroxide – do proper strand tests before you use it all over your head!

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Sometimes people report their hair changes texture – I am not really sure if mine has but it’s pretty strong and it’s had white bits that have spread since I was 15. But certainly post menopause women’s hair texture tends to change and you may need to adapt the way you care for it.

I am 42 now and for a long time I had very long hair – long enough to sit on – I never trimmed it but I never got split ends. I did henna it though and that improves the condition of your hair. The worst thing that ever happened to my hair was using serums and high performance conditioners. These eventually led to me cutting my hair shorter and shorter because I didn’t know why it was getting frizzy at the ends. The reason was…silicone. Some people can use it. Some can use it occasionally. I can’t use it at all. Silicone makes your hair look and feel softer by literally coating it. But that coating doesn’t necessarily come off with shampoo. And if it doesn’t, it essentially waterproofs your hair and you can’t moisturise or deep condition it. Look out for “cones” in your skincare products too. They can have a similar effect on your skin!

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One thing I would mention though is that if you are growing your hair (and I am), when it reaches the length mine is now, it’s best to wear it up because the friction of the ends on your clothes can cause breakage and leave some people thinking their hair simply won’t grow past shoulder length. It gets easier to protect the longer it gets. When you can plait it or put it up v quickly with a stick, it’s a lot easier to manage than short hair.

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Another problem can be friction from your pillow. Silk pillows will prevent that (also better for your face!) – but finding a comfortable way of wearing your hair in bed is a good idea. A very high pony tail that you plait is a good one – or two high pony tails because the weight of your hair needs to be distributed well so it doesn’t pull. If you wear tight pony tails you can actually end up with the hair thinning because it’s being pulled out. But what’s comfortable will vary depending on the position you sleep in. For example – if you sleep on your back two braids might be better. If your hair is heavy, a french plait might prevent pulling. I used to pull my bed 6″ from the wall and sleep with my hair hanging off the bed behind my pillow!  My cat used to hide under the bed and play with it sometimes…that’s probably not good for your hair!

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My plans for growing my hair out mean I use cone free products (Lush Rehab shampoo…and Lush conditioners – American Cream (contains lanolin), Veganese, Jungle or Happy Happy Joy Joy depending on how my hair is). Henna it and deep condition with coconut oil fortnightly. Have a silk pillow. Don’t use heat or styling products on it. Wear it up most of the time and especially if outside (sun, rain, wind…all can take a toll) or exercising.

So far, without any trims…it’s grown half an inch a month and has no split ends…and that’s after cutting it short 18 months ago. This meant none or my hair had been bleached, dyed or exposed to silicone…so I have a better idea of how my hair respond to being grown out. I have wrecked my hair several times from bleaching it too often and not knowing the perils of silicone and friction damage. We’ll see how it goes!

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Reflections in an Epic Bath | Loved Up | Macchiato | Teddy Boy | Cupid | Cancer | & Happiness

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#lushcosmetics #butterball bath w/ led mood lighting & loud music. #SongOfTheDay #LanaDelRey #IcanFly fr #BigEyes OST. #lyricsoftheday 

“I had a dream that I was fine
I wasn’t crazy, I was divine”

Newsletter to send tonight 4 www.mayamagickal.net & www.mayastar.net special offers (www.mayastar.net/special.htm). The Maha #Kali #Tantric #Shamanic #Exorcism #spell is v popular & the #Avalonian Alignment #EnergyHealing & #Meditation Attunement course ♡

#TeddyBoy due for dinner but I’m going to get an early one as my sis over 2mw for a #vegan #Starbucks breakfast/lunch. So wowed by #soy #macchiato that I wonder why I didn’t go vegan earlier!

Spider (my #TeddyBoy) is the sweetest – paying for my lunch! He has old fashioned values and some people might find that a bit objectionable b/c political correctness def not his strong suit! But he is the most hard working, kindest & most considerate bf I’ve ever had. And I’m being objective when I say that. He really is. And far from being objectionable, I find it refreshing to be w/ someone like him. Gorgeous admittedly and build like a bouncer! But always encouraging me in my work and helping me in practical ways as well as being a romantic.

I met him through my dad really…I think my dad was playing matchmaker right up to the end (dad died last year of a brain tumour). It’s the strangest thing to think on last year…dad was dying but we had the greatest fun jamming in the garden and me doing my fave #carnival and #hiphop fusion in the garden. And Spider lives two doors down and would watch me dance and chat w/ me and dad. He always has my back and was really supportive through everything. And I fell for him but was always a bit worried it was circumstances that had thrown us together and it might not last. I was v honest a about that b/c I would hate to hurt him. But we spent Christmas together…and now it’s nearly valentine’s day and we’re still both deeply smitten!

So thinking of last year…losing dad was terrible…but me & Spider…I’ve never been so happy!

So shout out to dad! I don’t know if he made an angel when he arrived the other side, but he was a fantastic #cupid right up to the end! Massive love 🙂

Bath Bomb Detonation | Bubblebath Philosophy | Aspergirl | Autism | Egoism | Naricissism | Balance & Harmony | Human Consciousness

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Oooh…looks like I’ve opened another #portal into a #bathbomb epic! I do my best #thinking, #reading, #preening, #singing, #planning & #meditation in baths I think! I’m a “#bubblebath #philosopher”…or a typical #pagan/#witch where normal day to day routines become kind of special in their own unique ways.

Running l8 today. Ritual work for http://www.mayamagickal.net scheduled for later but I was dragging my heels (mentally not physically) while I worked out today as I got into a deep contemplation about the #Roman #God #Janus…#lifeanddeath…and the fluid nature of human consciousness…from our highest abstraction abilities (objective nature) to our #narcissistic qualities which I would consider our level of #egomania. We tend to categorise people based on their apparent emotional maturity. And we tend to judge that as the prevalence of their ego expression (subjective nature).

People tend to work towards a balance and over time will attempt to consciously move to a more objective and less selfish view. But some people really struggle with that. Whereas my #autism means, if I let my self awareness and self discipline have free reign I am at risk of seeing reality so objectively that I almost abstract myself out of existence! I know some people consider #highfunctioningautism (I am #Aspergers) as being a sign of a more advanced mind…an #oldsoul…a #starseed etc. But seriously, although it comes with many blessings, my tendency to hyper abstraction makes me great at #magick…it definitely makes me good at what I do. But if I didn’t surround myself with people who are more anchored and practical, I think it’s possible I could fly off into an inner life so rich I stopped noticing how beautiful and important manifest, external reality is. I don’t know if I really could allow that to happen…I think I would be aware of it and take steps to prevent it! But I expect it seems an unusual consideration in life to most people. Makes me sound like a crazy #hippie #mystic…

Hmmm…more pondering required!

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Creepy Ghost Leg Gothic Bath | Dry Skin Recovery | Lush Faves | Aspergers | Hypermobility | Ballet | Feet

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My #teddyboy is out 2nite so I got up l8, did a #ballet #barre & then some #latin #hiphop fusion…ending w/ some loooong relaxing stretches (#yoga poses held for 4 minutes at a time mostly!). Before I get my admin work up to date & update the www.mayastar.net special offers, am indulging (predictably) in a #lushcosmetics bath. Made possible w/ the combination of the #butterball #BathBomb, #fun & super moisturising #sympathyfortheskin…until my #crueltyfree #stoptober which saw me using tons of #lush I thought I had dry skin. I assumed…well, I’m 43, maybe it’s hormonal etc. In retrospect I can’t be sure what cured it…stopping using chemical moisturiser & industrial cleansers? Going #vegan? Or going #dairyfree? As these things happened so close together I can’t be certain. But I can be certain that emerging from the cornucopia of “stuff I tried”…yellow fun, bath bombs & bubble bars & lush body lotions don’t give me rashes or dry skin…they smell…well…LUSH…and I don’t want to “try” anything else.

There were a few downsides…I #henna my hair but lush #cacarouge was so awful in texture, I abandoned that one. I tried two of their face moisturisers and in a month had spots. I tried Oz Naturals #superyouth but it didn’t help. And after 6 weeks I went back to my trusty regime of Johnson’s #CleanandClear non foaming cleanser with salicylic acid, #oznaturals #hyalauronicacid serum & #CremedelaMer. Within days my face was back go normal. And b/c I am too lazy to wear make up, I kind of rely on decent products keeping my complexion so good that I don’t need it.

Anyway..chillin’ in a loooong bath & listening to music before I begin work & thought this creepy ghost leg picture was cool. I guess the water is milky from the yellow fun I washed with & the flash on my mobile bounced off it making it look well spooky…especially my super long toes that look like fingers creeping out of the water. I have weird #feet. People tend to describe them as delicate because they are kind of bony, my ankles are tiny & my toes are long. My #hypermobility means I have always used my feet as extra hands…picking things up and opening doors with them! Apparently the hypermobility is a common physiological trait that goes along with my #autism (#aspergers – so many perks…big brain and super feet!)

Crazy though eh??? Def has something #ghostly and #gothic about it. Spooky bath…but sooooo good for your skin! 😀

No Make-up Selfie | Vegan Starbucks | Magick | Karmic Reversal Ritual | Supernatural Fest | Lush Haul

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Up w/ the lark! (Well…lunchtime – early for #nocturnal). Woke early, but usefully, at midday – so I’ll be having a #vegan Starbucks lunch w/ my brother b4 a #Supernatural catch up.

Then The Killing Moon Karmic Reversal 30 Day Ritual Intensive opening 2nite – quite a long one but I love it! If u want to be inc in the 50% gift price option, there are still spaces but only 12 hrs left – single & triple options available – www.mayastar.net/special.htm for details!

Also…fab #LushCosmetics #haul yesterday I’m gonna have to blog about…have some new faves & since #crueltyfree #stoptober I have continued using Yellow Fun, #rosargan & #sympathyfortheskin because they kept me totally dry skin free even thru the minus zeros this winter. That’s pretty amazing!

So…shaking my tail feathers now as a #chickpea & #falafel salad awaits with a massive #soy #macchiato ♡♡♡

Personal Upd8 | Henna | Beauty Tips | Natural Skincare | Veganism | Make Up Free Selfies | Lush | Creme de la Mer

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Bf away yesterday so had a loooong bath. So current personal beauty tips…

Henna & coconut oil perfect redhead with tidy roots. Tinted & tidied eyebrows. Tinted eyelashes. If you keep the basics covered & use quality moisturiser (Creme de la Mer & Oz Naturals Hyalauronic Acid serum), get lots of exercise…don’t drink or smoke, you can get away with #nomakeupselfie pix!

I think my plant based vegan diet makes a big difference. Using lush cosmetics yellow fun for washing & sympathy for the skin twice a day and I’m really soft all over. Happy days!

It is laziness & boho style that means I don’t have time for makeup except tinted lipbalm (hint of fuschia) – but it’s working pretty well!

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December Henna Treatment Picture Sequence | For a perfectly conditioned & coloured hair for the festivities I left henna treatment to a week before our party week!

Notice the white streak before henna – about an inch back from the hairline & only visible if I part it just right & don’t henna for a month or so!

When hennaed notice extra shininess & multi tone effect…and how colour deepens from orange tones to deeper red as it oxidises for a couple of days.

My henna mix: BAQ henna powder, coconut oil, a spoonful of sun in (the low peroxide content opens cuticles so the henna takes well – I tried lemon juice but it always seemed to dry my hair so this works best for me).

The coconut oil means the henna rinses more easily and leaves less residue. My hair is left thoroughly moisturised & the consistency avoids dripping too!

(Very much better result from my mix than from Lush Caca Rouge – which I find drying, gritty and arduous to rinse).

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The Soul of Man Has Been Given Wings | Humanity | Freedom | Love | Happiness | Self Realisation

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Vid from Anonymous: A message to humanity

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From “The Great Dictator”

“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite! Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!”

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Mini Blog | Cruelty Free | Natural Beauty | Skincare | Lush | Argan Oil | Creme de la Mer

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I will review products individually in small blogs over the coming weeks. But before I do, I thought a little update.

As anyone who follows my blog is aware…I am v lazy. I rarely wear make up. I don’t wear foundation. I tend to keep a neat look by making sure my hair is hennaed and my roots are done and well conditioned. My eyelashes and eyebrows are tinted. My eyebrows are shaped and tidy. My lips are hydrated. My skin is hydrated. And I wear lipstains like Benetint or Posie Tint from Benefit usually, with a Burts Bees tinted lipbalm to top up. Or I used a revlon lipgloss/stain, applied it and wiped it off to leave a fuschia tint that didn’t look over done.

I’m 42. I don’t have much sun damage. I don’t really have lines. My skin is normal. Sometimes a bit dry in winter. I went through some hassle when I came off the pill five years ago and my skin got dry. Nothing seemed to work. I knew it would be hormonal and would balance out. I tried all kinds of creams and ended up with a rash from one and thought, that’s it. I will bite the bullet and try Creme de la Mer. Everyone raves about it. It can’t make this worse and I am wasting a fortune. (Note – I tried Lush’s Skin’s Shangri La at this time. Not cheap. It sorted the moisture but gave me clogged pores).

3 weeks later my skin was transformed to the point people thought I had, had something done. It appeared poreless. Spotless. Smooth. Moisturised. And I was amazed. Truly hadn’t expected a miracle despite the reviewers claims. But it was one!

Since then I have favoured La Mer moisturisers. The body cream, eye balm, moisturiser and lip balm. I also use the regenerating serum in the summer as a light alternative.

According to the PETA, La Mer, owned by Estee Lauder lost its cruelty free status a few years ago. This wasn’t due to anything La Mer or Lauder changed but rather a change in PETA categorisation. La Mer don’t test on animals. Their products are not made by people who do. La Mer is essentially cruelty free. But…they sell to China. And the Chinese test every skincare product they sell on animals.

So now a moral dilemma. Is La Mer cruelty free as it was until a few years back before being reclassified? Is is cruelty free when I buy it in the UK but not if I bought it in China. Or is it immoral for La Mer/Lauder to sell to China and we should boycott them by virtue of a lack of integrity? Or should we all lean heavily on China to stop their methods?

For me, my Stoptober experiment was interesting. I am recently full vegan (diet not lifestyle) after being mostly vegetarian since my teens. And I had used Lush products during my Stoptober experiment as I have enjoyed them since their Cosmetics to Go days.

Well. The second my experiment ended, I am back on La Mer. In a month it really wrecked my face. The Fun I used as body wash was great. And I liked the body lotions I used. Liked. They did give me soft skin. But in honesty…they weren’t user friendly. Not fast to absorb. Some better than others and my dry skin on my legs cleared up…but I was using argan oil all over before bed too (in place of bio oil).

Having to look into each product was interesting. Lush use some harsh foaming agents. They use laureth-4 which is not good for allergy prone skin. They do use some petroleum based additives…but the ingredients list on the labels is user friendly and the natural ingredients…all good. But the bad side? Being honest, the smells which seem such a treat when used occasionally, when used together create such a strong smell I couldn’t wear perfume all month because my hair smelled of vanilla, my body smelled of orange and patchouli after washing with something smelling citrusy and bathing in a sakura scented bath.

It got a bit much really. Especially because the body lotions (while effective) seemed to need a half hour sinking in period before dressing. Something I don’t have. So they may be good for before bed but daily use did become more time consuming than I am used to.

So for this month…a simple test…I will use the Lush bath stuff and washes as before. Herbalism and Ocean Salt for my face. But only La Mer body cream, argan oil, La Mer moisturiser and serum. And see how I go.

I can’t make a conclusion at all…these are hardly clinical trials. But I am starting to wonder if maybe the moisturising bath and shower stuff I was using left a detergent residue on my skin causing the dry patches…watch this space anyway!

Also, those who think Creme de la Mer is crazy expensive…£70 wasted on Lush face moisturisers that ruined my skin is worse. If you bought a bath bomb for each day of a month – about £3 a day that would cost you twice as much as using Creme de la Mer face moisturiser (a little goes a long way).

One thing I will quickly big up though! Lush’s lipsticks and eyeliners – versatile and work v much in the way I use Benetint/Posie Tint. I will definitely continue using their make up and hair care…by the end of November I will decide whether I will continue with their cleansers too!

So my subject to review conclusion at this point is…I think Lush and La Mer will work well together for me.  I think my dry skin problems may have come from using Dove products that are too full of chemicals and slightly irritated my skin.

Also…my eyes have been opened to the fact that sometimes choices are based on what works best and others may choose based on company ethics. And right now, I am not sure where I stand on that.

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